Motivation & Education

Motivation & Education 2018-03-28T22:39:21+00:00

Motivation & Educational Tips From Carefree Physical Therapy

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Fall Risk Prevention

Falls among the elderly are prevalent, dangerous, and can diminish their ability to lead an active life. About one in three seniors above age 65, and nearly one in two seniors over age 80, will fall at least once this year, many times with disastrous consequences. Of those who fall, 20% to 30% suffer moderate to severe injuries that make it hard for them to get around and live independently. Older adults are hospitalized for fall-related injuries five times more often than they are for injuries from other causes.

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FIT AFTER 50

The most critical action seniors can take to prevent falls is to maintain physical activity. Activities suitable for any fitness level such as walking, gardening, yoga, or dancing will help to improve balance and movement.

Carefree Physical Therapy specializes in fall risk assessments, participating with Medicare’s quality reporting initiative. A licensed physical therapist will complete a thorough physical assessment, review your medical history, and perform special tests to determine your fall risk factor.

Based on your risk level, your physical therapist will develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs to help reduce the risk of future falls. Your individualized plan will include exercise to improve strength, mobility, and balance, home safety tips, proper instruction with assistive devices, and access to valuable resources.

 

ARE YOU AT RISK?

older couple on bicyclesYou are at risk for falls if you have one or more of the following conditions:
Decreased physical activity
Difficulty with balance
Difficulty with walking
Poor vision
Leg or trunk weakness
Pre-existing medical condition such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, or diabetes
Taking multiple medications
Improper footwear
Improper use of an assistive walking device
Unsafe home environment such as poor lighting, slippery floors, and throw rugs
A past history of falls

SCHEDULE A FALL RISK ASSESSMENT WITH ONE OF OUR PROFESSIONALS

READ OUR BROCHURE: PREVENTING SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS

October is National Physical Therapy Month

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“In October we want you to know the many ways physical therapists and physical therapist assistants can help improve your quality of life by restoring and improving your ability to move.

“If you are one of many people who experience low back pain, for example, a physical therapist can help. If you have had a running injury or want to maintain your ability to run as you age, a physical therapist can help. If you are experiencing Bell palsy, diabetes, frozen shoulder, or pelvic pain, to name but a few conditions, a physical therapist can help.

“According to the 2011 “AARP Bulletin Survey on Exercise,” approximately 7 in 10 adults age 45 and older (71%) are physically active. If you are a baby boomer, physical therapists can help you stay physically active, including helping you deal with common injuries associated with aging, such as tendinitis and meniscus tears as well as the effects of arthritis.

“Beginning October 1 and continuing through November 19, APTA will be hosting its “50 Days 50 Ways” challenge. During this challenge we will be providing 50 days worth of tips to boomers on how to prevent injury and get and/or stay fit and mobile with the help of a physical therapist. Check them out onFacebook and Twitter!

“Physical therapists are required to complete a graduate degree-either a master’s or clinical doctorate-from an accredited education program and pass a state-administered national exam before practicing. By 2015, all physical therapists will graduate with a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree.”

Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS
President, American Physical Therapy Association

 

The most critical action seniors can take to prevent falls is to maintain physical activity. Activities suitable for any fitness level such as walking, gardening, yoga, or dancing will help to improve balance and movement.

Carefree Physical Therapy specializes in fall risk assessments, participating with Medicare’s quality reporting initiative. A licensed physical therapist will complete a thorough physical assessment, review your medical history, and perform special tests to determine your fall risk factor.

Based on your risk level, your physical therapist will develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs to help reduce the risk of future falls. Your individualized plan will include exercise to improve strength, mobility, and balance, home safety tips, proper instruction with assistive devices, and access to valuable resources.

Chances are that you probably haven’t given much thought to how your neck and back are faring in the era of the smart phone, but studies show that you most certainly should. It’s practically a reflex these days to pull out our smart phones when we’re standing in line, sitting at the airport or riding the subway. And while it’s great that we rarely need to venture beyond our pockets for entertainment, our bodies are beginning to retaliate—and mourn the pre-texting days. So, what exactly are these contemporary conveniences doing to our bodies? A surgeon-led study that published in Surgical Technology International assessed what impact surgeons’ head and neck posture during surgery—a posture similar to that of smart-phone texters—has on their cervical spines. With each degree that our heads flex forward (as we stare at a screen below eye level), the strain on our spines dramatically increases. When an adult head (that weighs 10 to 12 pounds in the neutral position) tilts forward at 30 degrees, the weight seen by the spine climbs to a staggering 40 pounds, according to the study.

How pervasive of a problem is this? According to the study, the average person spends 14 to 28 hours each week with their heads tilted over a laptop, smart phone or similar device. Over the course of a year, that adds up to 700 to 1400 hours of strain and stress on our spines. As a result, the number of people dealing with headaches, achy necks and shoulders and other associated pain has skyrocketed. Trained to address postural changes and functional declines, physical therapists are well-versed in treating this modern-day phenomenon, widely known as “text neck.”

Over time, this type of poor posture can have a cumulative effect, leading to spine degeneration, pinched nerves and muscle strains. Scheduling an appointment with a physical therapist can help people learn how to interact with their devices without harming their spines. The PT will prescribe an at-home program that includes strategies and exercises that focus on preserving the spine and preventing long-term damage.

Exercise is an important part of taking care of our spines as we age, but what we do when we’re not in motion matters, too. So next time you pick up your smart phone or curl up with your e-reader, do a quick check of your head and neck posture. Your body will thank you for years to come.

Current Onsite Classes

Bones for Life

Movement lessons that will improve your posture, bone health, balance and more.  Additional information at www.bonesforlife.com

Class on Monday evenings with Suzanne Mowry, PT.

 

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement

Increase efficient ease of movement with all tasks through gentle verbally guided movement sequences designed to decrease habitual patterns which might not be serving you well.

Class on Tuesday evenings with Suzanne Mowry, PT – a Feldenkrais practitioner.

 

For specific Monday and Tuesday evening class schedule,
contact Suzanne at 480-577-0602 or email sgmowry@cox.net